Liberal MPP Jim Brownell Weighs in On Hospital Bed Cuts – Cornwall Ontario – February 18, 2010

Liberal MPP Jim Brownell Weighs in On Hospital Bed Cuts – Cornwall Ontario – February 18, 2010

Our MPP, Liberal Jim Brownell responds to questions about bed cuts locally here at the Cornwall Community Hospital.

It was very difficult to hear of the challenges at the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), although I knew that there would be challenges in the future. I even commented about such, during the recent announcement of the $5 million. It is my plan to work as hard as possible with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to bring about an understanding of the need to provide adequate base funding to support the necessary core programs at our outstanding regional hospital, the CCH. The Ministry has listened in the past, but we do realize, too, the economic situation we are in, here in the Province of Ontario.

It is my understanding that work is being done by the five hospitals in the Eastern Region of the Champlain LHIN, to tackle some of the challenges of delivery of service. Officials from the CCH, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Glengarry Memorial Hospital and Hawkesbury Hospital are into a review of service delivery. Hopefully, this will make for a more transparent delivery of service, once the review is completed.

In the Legislature, yesterday, the Premier did allude to the fact that there would be supports for healthcare and hospitals, in the next budget. We have a Throne Speech and Budget coming up, soon, and healthcare, education, and economic development will continue to be the focus of the McGuinty government.

Jim Brownell MPP Stormont – Dundas – South Glengarry

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Stan
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Stan

Why can’t we just clean-house with that bunch of Fiberal misfits (not Jim Brownell) and elect a provincial government that WILL LISTEN TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT?
We need to put Healthcare first-and-foremost as the No.1 PRIORITY for the population. No more bed closures nor hospital closures nor staff reductions. Ontario has the taxes to pay for everything very comfortably, and when everything has been covered then they could go on to No.2 Priority which might be……………
Is the Minister listening? We’ll know if you are not and we’ll decide next election!

Eric
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Eric

“did allude to the fact that there would be supports for healthcare and hospitals” does not sound like a plan and we have been hearing things like this since the additional health tax. Can that be 6 years already?

I see the city (not just Cornwall) expand or create programs and services but all we need are core services, ambulance, police, fire. roads, water,sewer. This is overly simplistic of course on a local level, but just provide the basics and get out of the other stuff that involve photo ops. Arbitrated salary settlements are not taxpayer friendly either.

Enough already!
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Enough already!

The Minister, thought the Champlain LHIN, just allocated an additional $5M more to the Cornwall Community Hospital. That is like a16% increase in one shot.

Let’s be clear. No other hospital in the country (let alone the province) got a 16% increase.

Time to put on your big boy pants Cornwall and make this bail out work!

Jerry
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Jerry

To Stan. GET REAL. The Ontario Liberal government is doing a fine job compared to the Conservatives who tore the province apart. Health care is a top priority along with education and others. Ontario does not have all that tax money that you talk about. The will have a deficit of $20 billion this year because of recession. Too many people want tax cuts and then expect their governments to supply all the services that they used to. We have to pay our way. What would you do Stan, if you lost one quarter of your annual income? Would you… Read more »

Clint
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Clint

I want my “Health Premium,” back now that they are not even pretending to deliver the services I never use anyway.

willie191
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willie191

Jim, that sounds like lip service to me. In the new budget, will there be another new health tax to pay high salaries to those appointed by your government to operate a hospital. So far, I don’t think Ms. Despatie could operate a corner store.

Eric
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Eric

Get Real says Have you been checking the Ontario government job over the last 2 years? I have at least once per week. Last year they changed a weekly update to daily and are posting more jobs weekly now. Many of the job titles makes me wonder if they are really needed. Even with one of the LHIN hospitals 2 weeks ago, I saw an ad for a French Languages Officer. The pay was 50,000 dollars per year which comes out of the operating budget. That would be a Nurse for about 10 months. No mater the party, priorities need… Read more »

Clay
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Clay

“The Ministry has listened in the past, but we do realize, too, the economic situation we are in, here in the Province of Ontario.” Do you also realize that one of the contributing factors to the “economic situation” in the Province of Ontario is the misuse of taxpayer money by the Ontario Liberal Gov`t? http://tinyurl.com/yd8suvj “….disclosure could reasonably be expected to be injurious to the financial interests of the Government of Ontario, …” That`s money that should be going towards keeping Hospital beds open in Ontario. As you know MPP Cheri DiNovo had introduced a Private Member`s Bill to repeal… Read more »

Clay
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Clay

Oh I give Jim Brownell credit when credit is due and I have. It`s just unfortunate that he has to be a mouth piece for Dalton McGuinty. The man is a blatant Liar(McGuinty) and I can`t be thrown out of the Legislature for saying that. My message is not directed at Jim Brownell personally. I`m sure he`s a nice guy. But he needs to be more vocal on this issue because many of his constituents believe this Liberal crap that they`ve been spoon fed and they think this is justified. I try and hold all Politicians accountable regardless of Party… Read more »

Clay
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Clay

So that may somehow justify what the current Liberals are doing? I don`t think so. That`s what I meant about forgetting about Party affiliation. Hold them accountable when they`re in office and DON`T attempt to justify THEIR destructive Legislation by saying yeah but,,,,,, When this bunch get thrown out and I hope they do if they are still led by McGuinty,I would not attempt to justify destructive Legislation of the next Governing Party by referring back to the McGuinty Liberals and saying “Remember they were just as bad or worse” Bad costly destructive Legislation hurts all of us.The Party is… Read more »

Clay
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Clay

Name a piece of Harris Legislation that stripped “select” Canadian Citizens of the Right to the Presumption of Innocence. http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/1.html#anchorbo-ga:l_I-gb:s_1 11. Any person charged with an offence has the right (d) to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal; I can`t think of any. Dalton McGuinty did just that with Bill 132. I don`t know about anyone else but I have a major problem with that as a Canadian Citizen. Voting? No Party or individual should count on my support just because they`re a nice guy… Read more »

Jerry
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Jerry

It is so easy to complain and most of us enjoy doing it. The typical over the fence discussion usually ends up with someone saying that they are all crooks or that are all the same bad guys and gals. But there are deep differences between parties. The Conservatives in Ottawa, have deep roots that tell them that government has no role in society. The Liberals have a more balanced approach, and try to provide for the needy and support broad programs like medicare and ensure that the private sector can be profitable and create jobs. Look at the different… Read more »

grimalot
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grimalot

Oh I know I most certainly don’t look at just one politician that I don’t like. There are many that I don’t like. Most of them associated with one party. So I guess I know who I won’t be voting for. I want politicians that do for the people, not for the party!

willie191
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willie191

$4000.00 a month, and climbing, to incarcerate a criminal. A disables person receives $1000.00 a month. Just a comparison.